The exercise habit is one of the most important habits of all. It keeps us strong, it keeps us energetic and it keeps us feeling young. But how do we develop it when we’ve got so much on our plate?
With work commitments, family commitments and everything else that crops up over the course of the week there isn’t enough time to breathe let alone exercise. Well, that’s what we tell ourselves anyway.
But there’s always time for the important stuff. We need to exercise. We’re built for movement. If we don’t do it we pay a massive price further down the line in ill health and infirmity.
We just need to develop the habit and cut out all the excuses.
Exercise comes easily for some people. For others not so much. If you’re one of the latter then the following 6 simple exercise habits will help you to make exercise a part of your everyday life.
Focus on adding just one each month for the next 6 months and you’ll have formed a daily ritual that keeps you in tip top condition.
Morning Mobilization. On wakening rotate your feet in both directions. Then your hands and wrists. Turn your head from side to side then lift each knee up to your chest. Sit on the edge of the bed then do 20-30 squats. Nice and smooth. This little routine will wake you up and get the blood flowing throughout your body.
Active Commute. Instead of taking the car or the bus to work, walk or cycle instead. If it’s too far then split your journey so you’re active for at least 15 minutes. It’s not a lot of time but you’ll feel all the better for getting some oxygen into your lungs.
Lunchtime Workout. Working through lunch while you munch on a muffin might keep the boss happy but you’re missing the perfect opportunity for another bit of activity. Either walk a few blocks to get a proper lunch or use the time to run/hit the gym.
Afternoon Stretch. Just as you and your colleagues are beginning to hit the afternoon dip find somewhere quiet where you can relax and have a good stretch. You don’t need to get changed or anything, just loosen off all the major muscles then you can get back to work feeling refreshed.
Active Commute. If you made the right choice in the morning then all you have to do is the reverse at night. Your commute to and from work is the perfect chance to exercise without feeling like you’re exercising. You’re just trying to get from A to B.
Evening Stretch. Pick a time each night when you’re normally relaxing at home in front of the television and use this opportunity to stretch and give yourself a massage. Start with your feet and ankles and work your way to the top of your head. If this is family time then get everyone involved and make it fun.
As you can see, it’s pretty easy to fit exercise into your day. No matter how busy you are. Just add a little movement at certain times and the habit forms.
When you cultivate the exercise habit you make far fewer excuses. You do it without thinking much about it or looking for a way out. Habit is much more powerful than motivation and inspiration combined.